I took the NCLEX for the second time this past Monday (November 5th) and just found out with my Quick Results that I passed. And I passed with 265 questions. So my advice is, DO NOT LOSE FAITH if you go past 75. I cried my eyes out when I got to the car, feeling for sure like I had failed. It's not over until it's over. Take ONE QUESTION at a time. 5 hours of constant question after question is hard on a person, so don't think otherwise. Take the breaks. I wish I had. I kept going, and I was losing focus at the end. So I definitely suggest that if you can, just TAKE a break and get up, stretch, clear your mind, get a drink of water, whatever it takes, just to get yourself refocused.
I used Suzanne's plan, as well as Incredibly Easy for extra questions. I didn't do quite as many questions as I would have liked, and I really wish I had gotten something on prioritizing and delegating. I had a LOT of prioritization questions, a few select all that apply, three med calculations, and the rest is really just a blur.
Suzanne's plan is great because it gives you a real, achievable goal and a way to pace yourself so you don't feel overwhelmed. Take time to RELAX. It's so hard to say, not so easy to do, but cramming the night before is NOT going to help. PACE YOURSELF. Make sure you do something fun and for yourself at least once a week.
READ EVERY WORD OF THE QUESTION. Determine what it is asking, and what part of the nursing process it is addressing! I caught myself in that trap a couple times this time around, realizing it was asking one thing, and that all three answers except the right one addressed another.
All in all... learning how the questions were worded and how to eliminate wrong answers served me better than trying to memorize material. If you have weak points, but all means study those, but spend a LONG time learning how the test is administered and how the questions are worded, and how answers will try to trick you. THAT is what helped me this time around.
GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL!